Making Pumpkins More Colorful One at a Time

A Helping Hearts fundraiser event

On Oct. 29, 2019, one of the last pumpkin-themed fundraisers before Halloween was hosted by Helping Hearts. They are a brand-new club this year that is a “volunteer-based club” with the purpose “to serve the community and others in need, to raise awareness about certain topics, and to raise money for nonprofits,” said the founder and President Portia Simmons.

The “Paint A Pumpkin” event was a fundraising event to help Helping Hearts “get onto [their] feet” according to Simmons, because clubs who are just beginning on campus do not receive financial support from the campus until they are established for longer than a single semester. Participants of this specific event paid a couple dollars to decorate a petite pumpkin with a wide variety of colorful paint and enjoyed spooky music along with the intimate company of volunteer members warming their hearts. 

Helping Hearts will have another event in November for fundraising which will offer a chance to enjoy delicious pie and the opportunity to pie the president, Portia Simmons, on Nov. 13, 2019. Although that fundraiser’s purpose will still be for keeping the club afloat, their other November fundraiser, the Killer Queen Concert, features a Queen cover band composed of students on campus, coupled with selling refreshments and raffle tickets will be their first fundraiser for a nonprofit. Proceeds will be donated to “the nonprofit organization The Mercury Phoenix Trust, which raises money to fight HIV/AIDS,” reported Simmons. It will be on Nov. 23, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Lower Hanger. Simmons described that future fundraisers “will be centered around a certain non-profit organization” each time, such as St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital.

While the Helping Hearts members were busy volunteering, they also planned out a whole semester of fundraisers in the spring such as “a car wash, a movie night, Valentine’s Day grams, April Stress Awareness Month day, A March Madness basketball game, and a water day, which will have a dunk tank and a slip and slide,” said Simmons. These events would all raise money for various nonprofit charities.

The club with very full hearts welcomes new members who can stop by Building 54 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or contact Simmons at her email [simmonp2@my.erau.edu]. Not only would a member fulfill a large amount of community service hours, they can also bond with fellow students who want to give back to the community and have a great time doing such rewarding activities.

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